Changing the OCD Mindset Rapidly On-Demand CEU Workshop for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists


On-Demand: Changing the OCD Mindset - Rapidly - 3.5 CEUs

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  • CE Hours Included: 3.5 Core (see below for more information)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast-forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint handout and multiple handouts & forms. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $103 (provides lifetime access!)
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  • Presented by: Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Prepare a client in logically dismantling the common dysfunctional frames of reference of OCD
  • Develop a new, internally-consistent paradoxical frame of reference
  • Explain how to activate “approach” emotions toward anxious uncertainty during exposure
  • Assess the importance of altering perception, as opposed to utilizing technique, to help clients with OCD
  • Demonstrate how to activate the therapeutic strategy moment-by-moment within threatening situations

Workshop Description:

The rigid beliefs and bizarre behavior of clients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can seem intimidating to any therapist. But if you look under the hood, the driving force of this dominant disorder is always the same: “Something could go terribly wrong, and it will be my fault.” Treatment can be difficult, but it is not complex. Participants will learn the core strategies of cognitive treatment that can radically and swiftly shift the client’s point of view regarding both their relationship with OCD and the tactics of change. The principles will be illustrated by brief video clips of the author's live demonstrations. These will include developing placebo and dismantling their dysfunctional logical system. The therapist “sets the hook” by ensuring that the client can collaborate on designing paradoxical behavioral experiments as their first homework assignments.

Presented by: Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

REID WILSON, PhD, a licensed psychologist who directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, NC. He is author of the newly-released Stopping the Noise in Your Head and the classic self-help book Don't Panic. He is co-author, with Edna Foa, of Stop Obsessing!, as well as Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and Playing with Anxiety with Lynn Lyons. He designed American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier and served as the expert on anxiety for WebMD’s Mental Health Community. He is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). In 2014 he received ADAA’s highest award, and he received the 2019 Service Award by the International OCD Foundation. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E’s Hoarders, and MTV’s True Life. His free self-help website – – serves 600,000 visitors per year. His newest self-help course can be found on


I. Efficacy of briefer treatments

II. Therapist Tasks

III. Distinguishing Signal vs. Noise

IV. Get off their content!

A. “Content is irrelevant, trash, [nothing]”

B. “I want to not know if [content]” vs. “I want to not know — period”

VI. Step back… to step up

VII. Talking to OCD

A. “Great”; “Thank you!”; “Give that to me again!”

B. Double-paradox of “Good!”

1. Access neuropathway

2. Modify neuropathway

VIII. Letting go of/turning away from the transaction

IX. And sit with generic uncertainty

A. Degrade uncertainty

1. Go get specific to sit with generic

2. Is tolerating uncertainty hard? No!

X. “2 parts of you”

A. “Therapeutic voice” and “That vulnerable side of me”

XI. Intrude into the closed system

A. Looking for leverage

B. “Bolt it down!”

C. Making OCD small

1. “You gotta get bigger, tougher”

XII. Homework

A. Disrupt the pattern

B. Add consequence

XIII. Operate as tho/Act as tho…

A. “everything is fine”

B. “nothing to see here”

XIV. A moment-by-moment game

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "Top notch. I really like Reid's presentation style - he makes learning very enjoyable." - SZ, LPC
  • "I appreciated the use of the strategic approach to use as an educational tool for clients. The presenter did an excellent job." - JK, LCSW
  • "Dr. Wilson is a total inspiration and the work he's influenced me to do has undoubtedly helped HUNDREDS of clients. THANK YOU" - JO
  • "Very knowledgeable and loved his personal approach to OCD, where tx can oftentimes feel so impersonal" - RE, LCMHC
  • "Dr. Reid was incredibly knowledgeable and made the material accessible and practical." - JW, APC
  • "Loved this way to approach OCD" - LMK, LPC
  • "Enjoyed the presenter's workshop style and information." - RW, LPC
  • "Excellent - will help me overall in my practice and very specifically with a present client." - MJG, LPC
  • "Enjoyed Reid's knowledge and passion about OCD" - LWK
  • "I loved how direct he is. Also, loved the use of athletic metaphors and use of video was extremely helpful to illustrate ideas. As a psychologist who also struggles with OCD, this workshop was extremely helpful to me both professionally and personally. Wonderfully perspective-altering presentation!" - GS, Psychologist
  • "I enjoyed his matter-of-fact approach; he makes it simple yet validated the difficulty" - PS, APC

3.5 "Asynchronous" Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. For more detailed information regarding CE approvals, please click here.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 3.5 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64956052.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 3.5 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #061821. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 3.5 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #098-2021. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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